Join your friendly neighborhood scientists and science enthusiasts for the inaugural Gulf Coast Science Festival: A celebration of science discovery and the importance of math,  engineering, and science in our community.


About GCSF

Join us March 8-17 for the inaugural Gulf Coast Science Festival!
This Festival, featuring a variety of science- and technology-related activities, aims to inspire curiosity, experimentation, and creative problem solving by both adults and children.

Expo Day | March 17, 2018 | 10AM – 2PM
Make plans to join us at Seville Square, accompanied by organizations from across our region with engaging activities that make science accessible and fun for people of all ages.

Satellite Events
Throughout the month of March, the GCSF is promoting science-themed events in our community. During the week of the festival, several additional partner events are being held for people of all ages, from the Festival of Flight (March 10), to Science Trivia at Goat Lips (March 14). View the schedule of events below.

Teachers/ Parents with questions about Field Trip Day, March 16, please contact us directly. Interest/Wait List Form.

Schedule of Events

Feb 22 | Chasing Coral

West Florida Public Library – 239 N Spring St – Hosted by 350 Pensacola
6:00PM– 7:45PM

Feb 22 | IHMC Lecture Series: Jack Burns – Our Future in Space: Humans, Robots, and Telescopes Exploring Together

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition – 40 S. Alcaniz St.
5:30PM – 7:00PM

March 8 | Great Minds Distinguished Lecture Series

Science Matters: On the Importance of Communicating Science to All. Presented by James Rea, on behalf of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition – 40 S. Alcaniz St.
Reception 5:30PM, Plenary Session 6:00PM – 7:00PM

March 8 | UF IFAS Extension’s “Science Hour”: Seagrasses

Santa Rosa County Sea Grant Agent, Chris Verlinde, will discuss the importance and benefits of seagrass ecosystems to the community and the Pensacola Bay system. Free, open to the public.

Escambia County Central Office Complex—3363 West Park Place, Pensacola, FL 32505
6:00PM – 7:00PM

March 8 | Roland Miller: Preserving America’s Space History Through Photography

Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts
Pensacola State College – Building 15
6:00PM – 7:00PM

March 9 | Roy Hyatt Environmental Center’s Night of Nature

1300 Tobias Rd., Cantonment, FL
Hosted by Roy Hyatt Environmental Center, Wildlife Sanctuary of NWF, and the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association
5:30PM – 8:30PM
2018 Night of Nature Flyer

March 10 | Festival of Flight

Special demonstrations of drones will excite the guests with the marvels of technology, while bird presentations will amaze with nature.

Escambia County 4-H Center –  5600 Chalker Rd., Molino FL
10:00AM – 2:00PM

March 10 | FL Public Archeology Network – Heritage Monitoring Scouts – Learn to be a Scout!

Rocky Bayou State Park, 4281 FL-20, Niceville, FL 32578 – Florida Public Archeology Network
9:00AM – 2:30PM

March 13 | ArcheoCafe – Dr. Greg Cook: The Elmina Wreck

Ozone Pizza Pub, 1010 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL – Florida Public Archeology Network
6:00PM – 7:00PM

March 14 | Trivia Night: Invasion of the Geeks, Science Trivia

Goat Lips Chew & Brewhouse – 2811 Copter Rd.
7:00PM– 9:00PM

March 16 | Field Trip Day at Seville Square

Seville Square, Pensacola, Fl – Pensacola MESS Hall
*registration required 9:30AM – 12:00PM

March 17 | IHMC – Science Saturday: Reaction Time

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition – 40 S. Alcaniz St.
9:00AM – 11:00AM

March 17 | Expo Day at Seville Square

Explore the science of our community, in the heart of downtown at Seville Square. Join us from 10:00AM – 2:00PM for hands-on exhibits, meet with local scientists, and learn more about the science happening, right here, every day.

Seville Square, Downtown Pensacola
10:00AM – 2:00PM

March  24 | 2018 Seagrass Awareness Celebration

Family-friendly activities with marine life touch-tanks, educational crafts and games, music and more!
Shoreline Park South
10:00AM – 2:00PM


Get Involved

Does your organization want to participate?  Fill out the Booth Interest Form  or email us to learn more about how to get involved!

Want to share science with us? We can’t do it without you! Please fill out a volunteer interest form to let us know.

The Gulf Coast Science Festival has been made possible in part by support from the Science Festival Alliance, through a matching grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Please contact us for more information about being a sponsor.


Questions and ideas? Email us!


Event committee:

Sheri Biery, IHMC
Michael Huggins, UWF
Marc Levitt, National Museum of Naval Aviation
Sheyna Marcey, UWF Historic Trust
Megan Pratt, Pensacola MESS Hall
John Shelton, West Florida Public Library
Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS
Michael Thomin, FPAN